Microsoft Corporation has made the Beta 2 release of its Windows Services for Unix (SFU) 2.0 available for download. SFU 2.0 allows Windows 2000 and NT 4.0 SP4 machines to interoperate more easily with Unix machines in a heterogeneous environment.
This new release includes the following components:
- Client for NFS - Provides the ability to map exported file
systems directly from UNIX NFS servers just as if they were
native Windows NT shares.
- Server for NFS - Provides the ability to share file systems
from Windows NT and Windows 2000 just as if they were native
- Gateway for NFS - Allows for any Windows client to map UNIX
NFS exports as Windows NT Server or Windows 2000 shares.
- Server for PCNFS - Allows Windows 2000 to act as a PCNFSD
server to provide seamless user authentication services when
connecting to NFS servers.
- Over 60 UNIX Utilities - Provides the ability to run familiar
UNIX command line utilities such as ls, vi, chmod, and grep,
natively from Windows NT or Windows 2000.
- Korn Shell - Provides a full-featured implementation that
enables the ability to run UNIX shell scripts from Windows
NT and Windows 2000 to automate network administrative tasks.
- Telnet client - Provides a character-mode telnet client that
is both faster and more robust than the default graphical-mode
client provided in Windows. It has additional emulations and
supports Windows NT LAN Manager (NTLM) authentication to speed
up logon to Windows NT–based systems running the Windows
Services for UNIX 2.0 Telnet Server.
- Telnet Server - Supports NTLM for authentication of client
logons, which makes using telnet completely transparent to
users, while ensuring that clear-text passwords do not pass
over the network.
- Microsoft Management Console (MMC) support - Enables
administrators to centralize all Windows Services for UNIX
2.0 management from a single application, as well as from
the command line.
- ActiveState ActivePerl 5.6 - Provides the ability to automate
network administrative tasks by running new or existing PERL
scripts natively on Windows NT or Windows 2000.
- NIS to Active Directory Migration Wizard - Provides the
ability to move UNIX NIS source files, like /etc/passwd, from
the NIS domain into Windows 2000 Active Directory in order to
consolidate account management.
- Server for NIS - Allows a Windows 2000 domain controller to
act as the primary NIS server and respond to NIS queries from
UNIX NIS clients or other UNIX NIS servers.
- Two-way Password Synchronization - Provides the ability to
synchronize user passwords for both platforms by enabling
password changes on Windows NT Server, Windows 2000 Server,
and UNIX servers.
- User Name Mapping - Server provides the ability to map Windows usernames with UNIX usernames to allow for seamless connectivity between different identities across both platforms.